The Voice Of...Vacations


It feels like everyone is planning holidays and daytrips at the moment. My latest voiceover clients include Park Inn by RadissonNational Museum of Rural Life and Thomson Holidays. No big holidays on the horizon for me though! I'm in the studio and taking bookings for voice sessions for the forseeable future. Discover more and book via www.vickywatt.co.uk xo

image: #capeverde



A Magic Spell Upon The Sea...






Sunshine, surf, salt + spray...the full moon and spring tides work their magic on the water. 

Spellbinding, but not a day for the beer garden at The Ship Inn, Elie! xo #eastneuk#elie


Now Is The Time


Now is the time to speak out - and act up - for all that you hold dear. Come what may. Whatever else we tell ourselves, deep inside, we know that we are here, alive, for just a moment, a divine heartbeat. Then, our time is over, like a dream. What did you do with yesterday? 24 little hours. Already, that time can be distilled into minutes of recollection. Flashes of memory. Images, words and thoughts merge into a hazy montage. At the end of our time, we won't be at peace if we remember a younger self who didn't summon the courage to truly and fully live. xo

#internationalwomensday #bethechange


Pittenweem – In A Seashell…


Written for The Pittenweem Chocolate Company
Published for launch of website, 2013

Like a delightful chocolate seashell that melts on the tongue, slowly revealing yet more of its richness and flavour, Pittenweem is the kind of place that truly enchants, inviting you to linger a little longer. Discover rambling cliff paths, fishing boats jostling in the harbour, a labyrinth of narrow wynds, little boutiques, cafes and galleries and be hypnotised by the sea, as time appears to slide into a gentle rhythm with the tides.

This beautiful east coast village is almost literally drenched in history, taking its name from a combination of Scots Gaelic and the language of the ancient and mysterious Picts. The Place Of The Caves was born out of the arrival of St Fillan, who desired to covert the local Pictish population to Christianity.  His base, a little cave on the steep brae known as Cove Wynd, was also briefly a prison during the witch hunts of 17th and 18th centuries, before this dark chapter was buried beneath the construction of Pittenweem Priory.  However, hidden truths are always seeking the light and in the 1900s a horse ploughing the gardens uncovered the cave once more.  Today, this feature of the village’s long and intriguing past can be used as a chapel. Visitors who wish to delve more deeply are welcome to borrow keys to the gated cave from The Pittenweem Chocolate Company.

Over the centuries, the ebb and flow of life in Pittenweem has naturally brought a sense of both constancy and change. A tiny harbour at West Shore has grow into a bustling commercial port, the celebrated fish market continues to face the challenges of an ever-changing industry, a close-knit fishing community has learned to share its home with a now established colony of artists and an annual gala celebration of the sea has given way to the arrival of a thriving international arts festival.

The village has become a cherished treasure for generations of locals, settlers drawn to its all-season allure and occasional visitors seeking sanctuary from the busy world.  As fishermen continue to come and go from the fish market and tavern, vacationers enjoy views of the activities from their harbour front holiday cottages. While the bakery, butcher, village store, chip shop, fish monger and church remain essential to the the fabric of village life, these symbols of local tradition are now woven together with colourful threads of contemporary creativity.  The high street is now also home to a vibrant collection of artistic studios, craft boutiques and a wonderful little chocolaterie!

As chocolatiers who love to experiment with an exciting mix of ingredients – the light, the dark and everything in between – we are unsurprised by the magical quality of this village. The secret ingredient is a community that remains anchored in its history, while welcoming each new day with the adventurous spirit of a sailor heading out towards the sunrise. 

If you haven’t already enjoyed the delights of Pittenweem, we invite you to uncover this special place; experience how it slowly reveals yet more of its depth and richness, before cracking even the toughest shell and melting your heart…

Written by Vicky Watt at Acoustic Wave 

for The Pittenweem Chocolate Company
Originally published for launch of website, 2013

My Kind Of Monday Blues...


They called it Blue Monday, so I embraced it with a wander around two of my favourite East Neuk villages, Elie (above) and Pittenweem (below). xo







The Voice Of...A Happy Client

"Thanks Vicky. You were ace. I'm crazy about your voice!"
- David Bailey, Creative Director, UX&D Gel,  BBC Design and Engineering

Happiness is...a happy client.  Go here to see more client quotes.  Also, if you'd like to book a voice session, contact me via www.vickywatt.co.uk


What The Hygge? Introducing Couthie - A Funky Scottish Translation...



Just recently - while curled up on the sofa, reading by candle light - I discovered the craze for a Danish lifestyle concept called "hygge". Apparently, this relaxed and comforting way of life is taking Britain by storm this winter! The thing is though, many of my extended Scottish clan already do everything mentioned on the helpful 'how to' list I stumbled upon in Country Living.

It's said there's no literal translation but here in Scotland, I think we'd call it...couthie.  



In fact, a blog I posted early last year for Funky Scottish demonstrates uncanny similarities between the Danish way and our own cosy culture, especially the couthie little rituals we adopt during our coastal winters!  Here are a few of our ingredients for a Funky Scottish life...

Cafe Culture 
There's a unique delight in stepping out of the biting cold, into the warmth of a welcoming cafe and inhaling the aroma of coffee, soups and freshly baked cakes. Funky Scottish is open throughout the winter, so make a date for morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea! If you're unsure of our hours during this quieter season, just give Funky Scottish a call on 01333 312 567 to double check.


Cooking Up A Storm

Alas, none of us can spend all day, every day in cute coastal cafes! So, get into the kitchen at home too.  Now is the time to really nourish yourself and your loved ones with soups for the soul, beautiful bakes and warming one-pots. Make big batches and put in the freezer...'real food' ready meals for a rainy day! 

Creative Retreats
Ahead of a bustling 'high' season and The Pittenweem Arts Festival, our resident artist - Karen Edward - uses this precious, quieter time to work on commissions and brand new projects. Whether or not you consider yourself to be 'artistic'', there's no better opportunity to uncover your own unique creativity. Turn old photos into a beautiful framed collage for your wall. Learn a new, exotic language. Write a short story or just send a heart-felt letter to a long-distance loved one. xo PS. We have a lovely collection of note cards in our cafe-gallery-boutique. 


Cosy Knits & Calming Candles

Bundle up in your cutest, comfiest knits and you'll be more inclined - even eager - to embrace the great outdoors. Or, curl up on the sofa, light the candles and enjoy the simple pleasures of your own little sanctuary. Take a peek inside our boutique, on the high street in Pittenweem, for inspiration.


Coastal Walks

Since Victorian times, the health benefits of tangy, coastal air have been well documented and nowadays science tells us there is indeed a healing magic in the seaside ozone! So, wherever you live, head for the beaches and paths around Pittenweem and the East Neuk...we guarantee you'll return home with an un-seasonal high!

Chips (On A Bench, At The Harbour)

If you're out and about, never miss an opportunity to 'warm the cockles' with a bag of chips, perfectly seasoned with salt and vinegar, perhaps accompanied by freshly battered fish...and enjoyed overlooking local boats tied up in their moorings. Remember, there's no better time to visit the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar....without the massive queues! 


Community Spirit

Whether you're a visitor or year-round resident, it's easy to become caught up in the busy-ness of our own lives.  So, the slower pace of the low season offers a special opportunity to get to know local people a little better.  Take the time to shop locally, visit your nearest pub or cafe, say hello on the high street or offer your neighbour a helping hand.  Who knows, you may forge unexpected friendships to be enjoyed for many seasons to come...



So,  call it couthie - or hygge - or something completely different. Either way, its lovely to see we're not the only ones who delight in celebrating simple pleasures in everyday life. 

A little background...

Working with my client Funky Scottish,  Acoustic Wave provides:-

social media marketing
blog writing
website updates
copywriting
news releases, media kits, press coverage


Find out more about Acoustic Wave - boutique media, marketing and entertainment studio - at acousticwave.co.uk